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How DUI Impacts Your Life

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How DUI Impacts Your Life

The realities associated with a driving under the influence conviction can be staggering. The formal sentence is harsh enough: fines, a license suspension, and possible jail time. But a D.U.I. conviction can also impact your finances, your job prospects, and more. If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence in California – or if you’re charged with DUI in the future – get the legal help you need and speak right away with an experienced California DUI defense attorney. Here are ...

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Keeping Your Job

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Keeping Your Job

If you’re arrested for DUI in California, you’ll face some specific consequences if you’re convicted: fines, a suspended license, and possible jail time. Your insurance rates will go up, and you might even lose some friends. Even so, what would be worse for most people is losing a job, but people sometimes do lose their jobs over DUIs. In an uncertain economy (like the U.S. economy in 2014), being out of work for even a few weeks would be disastrous ...

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No Alcohol Required

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No Alcohol Required

In California, you can be arrested for DUI even if you’ve never had a single drink in your life. Many Californians mistakenly believe that you must register a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent to be found guilty of a DUI charge. That’s only partially true. One section of the California Vehicle Code does provide that you can be arrested with a BAC that high or higher. However, another section of the Vehicle Code specifies that you can ...

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Repeat DUI

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Repeat DUI

Some of us are never charged with DUI. For others, it’s an isolated, single incident they can eventually put behind them. But unfortunately, some people are repeaters and even “chronic” DWI offenders. A recent analysis shows that more than a quarter of the DUI cases in California’s court system on any given date involve repeat offenders. If you’re facing a second or third DUI charge, get the help you need and contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at once.

Obviously, repeat DWI offenders ...

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What To Do If You Are Charged With DUI?

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What To Do If You Are Charged With DUI?

If you’ve been charged with DUI in California, you might be feeling ashamed of yourself and frightened by the future. Try to breathe easy. Others in the same situation have survived with their careers and families intact. You may not lose your driving privilege. You may be found not guilty; the charge might even be dropped. In other words, there’s hope. You’ll need to do three things to turn that hope into reality:

1. Find an experienced California DUI defense attorney. ...

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DUI And Legal Drugs

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DUI And Legal Drugs

Alcohol and illegal drugs such as cocaine aren’t the only substances that can impair driving or lead to a DUI arrest. In fact, as the population ages and the number of available pharmaceutical drugs expands, DWI cases related to legal, over-the-counter and prescription drugs are increasing. In a July 2009 report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that while drunk driving has decreased in recent decades, approximately 16 percent of all nighttime drivers have consumed some kind of potentially ...

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DUI and License Suspension

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DUI and License Suspension

If you are arrested and charged with DUI in California, the arresting officer completes a document (called the “Officer’s Statement-Admin Per Se”) advising the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of your arrest. The DMV automatically suspends your driver’s license unless you contact – within 10 days – your local DMV Office of Driver Safety and request a license suspension inquest. To keep your license – and before you do anything else – it’s vital to get help from an experienced ...

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Sobriety Checkpoints

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Sobriety Checkpoints

DUI sobriety checkpoints are commonly used by police agencies to apprehend drunk drivers in southern California. If a driver’s speech sounds slurred or breath smells of alcohol, the driver will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. In 1990, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of driving under the influence sobriety checks. In Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz, the Court found that checkpoints do not violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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Below The Legal Limit

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Below The Legal Limit

It’s possible in California to be charged with DUI even if you are not “over the legal limit,” that is, even if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) level is below 0.08 percent. Under California law, “it is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” It’s the second part of the same law which makes it “unlawful for any ...

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Ex-Deputy Convicted For Dirty DUI Scheme

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Ex-Deputy Convicted For Dirty DUI Scheme

The police aren’t perfect. In fact, like any other large group of people, a few of them are criminals. While some police departments come up with outlandish and questionable schemes for enforcing California’s DUI laws, sometimes individual officers actually step over the line and break the law while pretending to enforce the law. Former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy Stephen Tanabe is one such ex-officer. Tanabe will spend 15 months in a federal prison for arresting California drivers for DUI ...

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